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May 19, 2015

Top Ladies’ Picks for 5 Types of Casual Summer Parties

We’re celebrating summer parties this week, so kick back and relax. In our Clothes & Conversation, “What’s A Lady to Wear: Casual Summer Party Style” , we talked about 5 of the most common types of summer parties: barbecues to kick-off and embrace the summer, lovely outdoor cocktail parties, celebratory garden luncheons, classic pool parties, and the commemorative graduation party. Our Fashion Finds this week focus on casually stylish picks for each type so you can feel appropriate and modern at each and every one of them. Sometimes one piece is all you need for a refresh that will make you feel so good. Remember, laid-back fun doesn’t mean style goes out the window – in fact, these are some of our favorite times to show a little flare.
Let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. We’d love to hear about any fun summer parties and how your outfit went over. Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Shoshanna-Boho-Print-Maxi-Dress-Mint-Green-shoshanna/prod180100128___/p.prod
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Shoshanna - Boho Print Maxi Dress
Boho Print Maxi Dress
Shoshanna
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A dress like this is just made for a party – we hope you have several groups of friends, so you can have a lot of opportunities to wow everyone at each outdoor party you attend this summer. The colorful embroidery and tassels are fun, but Shoshanna has found a way to incorporate the fringe trend with such ladylike style at the same time. This line was started with bathing suits and dresses, filling a need for creating contemporary silhouettes that work for women with actual curves. The ease of this loose-fitting maxi dress manages to work even if you have a large chest – the embroidery comes to just the right spot. Whatever the party, this dress will be appropriate. Play up the casual boho vibe with a pair of flat gold-mirrored sandals or dress it up with a great wedge. Large is already sold out through the 'shop it' button, but you can still get it at Shoshanna's site.
http://www.zappos.com/soft-joie-spica-coastal-fog Joie - Spica Romper
Joie - Spica Romper
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Joie - Spica Romper
Spica Romper
Joie
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Laidback Barbecue Picks. Joie’s romper is a beautiful alternative to your basic shorts and tee. Not only does it give you a more pull-togethered look, you can do it with a lot less effort. Jumpsuits and rompers (same thing, “romper” is usually used to refer to the shorts version) have become staples in our wardrobes, and are appropriate for all body types and ages. The shorts on this ikat printed favorite are lined and have slanted hip pockets, which keep the look streamlined and polished. The flutter sleeve and easier contemporary fit is stylishly easy for every lady. We also loves Free People’s denim romper that is ideal for a relaxing casual evening outdoors, in the same relaxed modern fit. A pair of flat ankle laced sandals complete the look.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/7-for-all-mankind-relaxed-denim-shorts-grinded-vintage-indigo/3976353 7 For All Mankind - Relaxed Denim Shorts
7 For All Mankind - Relaxed Denim Shorts
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7 For All Mankind - Relaxed Denim Shorts
Relaxed Denim Shorts
7 For All Mankind
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Barbecues and denim shorts are like, well, barbecues and hamburgers…you’ll never go wrong. These 7 For All Mankind’s have the perfect amount of distressing so they look like you’ve had them forever (in the best possible way). The contemporary boyfriend fit is comfortable no matter how many drinks and snacks you have, and looks great with your favorite tee or tank and sandals. For a modern fitting pair of bermuda denim shorts, 7 For All Mankind’s new line, Jen7 is a new favorite. As they state, they designed it for “a woman who still craves the same high quality denim but with a more enduring look and ease of fit that works with her…timeless elegance.” Sound familiar? If so, you’ll love the sleek, slimming effect with the ultimate in comfort & ease.
http://www.shopbop.com/shifted-trapeze-tank-wilt/vp/v=1/1529138768.htm Wilt - Trapeze Tank
Wilt - Trapeze Tank
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Wilt - Trapeze Tank
Trapeze Tank
Wilt
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If you haven’t tried Wilt knits yet, this slub jersey sleeveless top is a great place to start. The super soft fabrics and designs have so much subtle style, in an easy fit that builds the comfort right in. The uneven hem on this a-line silhouette steps it up from a basic tee, as interesting hem detail is often the signature look of a Wilt tee. The soft pink looks great with denim or any of your favorite casual neutral pants – and you might want to get it in white too, while you’re at it.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sam-edelman-giselle-beaded-gladiator-thong-sandal-women/3886717 Sam Edelman - Giselle Beaded Gladiator Thong Sandal
Sam Edelman - Giselle Beaded Gladiator Thong Sandal
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Sam Edelman - Giselle Beaded Gladiator Thong Sandal
This season, gladiator sandals are stronger than ever, and the beading on these Sam Edelman’s play up the boho chic trend of the season. They are comfortable and stylish for everything barbecue - denim shorts and casual tees, or a cute romper. Throughout the summer, you’ll wear them with all your favorite jeans and casual dresses, too. The beading is so summer-right, you’ll want to add a little stylish beaded clutch, too.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Sleeveless-Drawstring-Poplin-Jumpsuit/prod178300031/p.prod Vince - Sleeveless Drawstring Poplin Jumpsuit
Vince - Sleeveless Drawstring Poplin Jumpsuit
Outdoor Cocktail Party Picks. Vince’s easy fit and clean aesthetic makes for an ideal jumpsuit that can be dressed up or down to suit any outdoor get together for some well-deserved libations. The twill fabric has a great drape, which blouses subtly over the wider waistband that is both slimming and downright comfortable. The trimmer leg opening balances the slouchy style to prevent a messy look. You can roll up the legs (adorable with any sandals with ankle detail) or leave them long to create a dressier feel with wedges or heels. The deep and smoky French blue is our favorite, but you certainly can’t go wrong with black that is also available through the ‘shop it’ button. Add a scarf, statement necklace, or cardigan…this jumpsuit can handle it all.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446803919 Diane von Furstenberg - Camila Off-Shoulder Silk Dress
Diane von Furstenberg - Camila Off-Shoulder Silk Dress
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Diane von Furstenberg - Camila Off-Shoulder Silk Dress
Camila Off-Shoulder Silk Dress
Diane von Furstenberg
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If this isn’t ladylike sophistication, we don’t know what is. Diane von Furstenberg’s ethereal silk dress is just so darn pretty…and easy…and flattering. If you are going to a dressier outdoor cocktail party, this is for you. It has a drawstring waist, but the tie is thin, so feel free to add a black wrap belt, for even more waist definition that further accentuates the hourglass shape this easy fitting dress creates. Unlike DVF wrap dresses, where we suggest sizing up, go with your normal size here. The body is lined, leaving the arms sheer, so it will feel light even on a warm evening. Since the abstract dot pattern is blue and black, you can wear your favorite black wedges or heels, and just add a strapless bra.
http://www.shopbop.com/neck-maxi-dress-three-dots/vp/v=1/1590494231.htm Three Dots - V Neck Maxi Dress
Three Dots - V Neck Maxi Dress
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Three Dots - V Neck Maxi Dress
V Neck Maxi Dress
Three Dots
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A little black dress never disappoints, and this Three Dots maxi dress will be a go-to season after season. The crisscross panels across the torso are so, so flattering. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to zoom in and get a good look – they make this simply timeless dress. They highlight the slimmest part of everyone’s figures and then the skirt gently flares out, skimming the body without any cling. The v-neckline and stretchy jersey fabric makes this dress easy to dress up with some bold jewelry and a great pair of wedges
http://www.zappos.com/jack-by-bb-dakota-gilly-tribal-stripe-woven-dress-multi JACK by BB Dakota - Gilly Tribal Stripe Woven Dress
JACK by BB Dakota - Gilly Tribal Stripe Woven Dress
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JACK by BB Dakota - Gilly Tribal Stripe Woven Dress
Gilly Tribal Stripe Woven Dress
JACK by BB Dakota
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Sometimes, a little “cheap and cheerful”, as we like to say around the office, is the perfect thing. You are not going to beat the price, and it’s a great way to try something new. This BB Dakota contemporary fitting dress is made of a dense weave fabric to create this cool tribal print that, combined with the shift style, creates a mod look that is easy and stylish. The exposed back zipper adds to the fun, and provides detail that is more luxe than the price would indicate. Pair it with nude Grecian sandals (or any tan or black sandals) and a casual beaded wrap bracelet
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-new/4112257231448.jsp#/ Sunday in Brooklyn - Edria Top
Sunday in Brooklyn - Edria Top
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Sunday in Brooklyn - Edria Top
Edria Top
Sunday in Brooklyn
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Garden Luncheon Picks. One of our favorite tops of the season, and ideal for a garden party. The style flatters and conceals, with it’s tied waist and easy drape, creating a sophisticated feel without any fuss. It’s a modern fit and nice price for such a pretty top you’ll surely wear season after season. While it can be worn with any pants style, for an outdoor daytime party this season, it looks great with a fashionable pair of denim. For a contemporary look, 7 For All Mankind’s 70’-inspired culottes make a cool statement with a wedge. And for a timeless look and modern fit, NYDJ’s slim-fitting dark ankle jeans creates a pretty balance for this top.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/eliza-j-graphic-print-cotton-shift-dress-regular-petite/3968707 Eliza J - Graphic Print Cotton Shift Dress
Eliza J - Graphic Print Cotton Shift Dress
The graphic print and vibrant shade of green are garden-ready, while the flattering shift style of this Eliza J dress will also keep you looking good all day long. The sleeveless style is cut in a bit at the shoulder (though still bra-friendly) to elongate your arms and define your shoulders, so it’s a great sleeveless option for everyone. And the dress subtly flares out at the hip, lightly outlining your shape without any cling in its modern fit. The cotton even has a touch of stretch for added comfort. If your size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Zappos has it, too. Nude or metallic shoes are an effortless compliment – and a simple white cardigan can always be added if the weather turns cool.
http://www.shopbop.com/iris-dress-shoshanna/vp/v=1/1510789846.htm Shoshanna - Iris Dress
Shoshanna - Iris Dress
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Shoshanna - Iris Dress
Iris Dress
Shoshanna
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The knit fabric of this Shoshanna dress creates a beautifully soft geometric pattern that is also really slimming. Notice how the diamonds in the print are vertically elongated…it creates an overall lengthening that we can all appreciate. Shoshanna’s quality is always dependable, so the smoothing lining and interesting solid back detail come as no surprise. The contemporary fit pairs well with the stretchy knit that has a nice weight to it without being too heavy. Strappy ivory sandals keep the attention on the dress and doesn’t hurt to make your legs look longer, either.
http://www.shopbop.com/long-full-skirt-rachel-pally/vp/v=1/1534247132.htm Rachel Pally - Long Full Skirt
Rachel Pally - Long Full Skirt
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Rachel Pally - Long Full Skirt
Long Full Skirt
Rachel Pally
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Rachel Pally uses the softest jersey to create some of the prettiest knit dresses and skirts, in an easy modern fit that flatters curvier and straighter shapes alike. This maxi skirt’s feather print uses 2 shades of blush that looks so lovely with any of your favorite pale neutral tops – another shade of pink, ivory, pale grey, white. You’ll love the versatility. The slimming wide waistband creates balance so you can wear a simple vanilla-colored fitted tank top untucked or choose a top with a little ease and waist detail, like a knotted tee. Even an elastic-waisted peasant blouse is wonderful with it. Any neutral pair of sandals, flat or sky high, will work with this skirt – we especially love these metallic wedges. If you prefer the ease of a dress, this Rachel Pally maxidress will create the same feeling.
http://www.shopbop.com/racerback-maxi-dress-lanston/vp/v=1/1576220838.htm Lanston - Racer Back Maxi Dress
Lanston - Racer Back Maxi Dress
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Lanston - Racer Back Maxi Dress
Racer Back Maxi Dress
Lanston
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Pool Party Picks. In this vibrant orange or a timeless navy (both can be purchased through the ‘shop it’ button), this Lanston maxi dress is made of a slubbed terry fabric - the perfect material for a pool party, as it is will forgive a little splashing. The terry is made of a very lightweight material and woven with a very small loop though, so the dress is not at all bulky and can be worn in absolutely any setting. The drawstring gives the dress nice shape, with a blouse to the top that is comfortable and flattering on all figures, concealing any little tummy bumps you think you have and providing nice balance to the curve of your hips. Wear any flat sandals or a wedge – and petite ladies, this one is easy for any local tailor to shorten.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ipanema-cleo-pyramid-stud-ankle-strap-flip-flop/3865529 Ipanema - Cleo Pyramid Stud Ankle Strap Flip Flop
Ipanema - Cleo Pyramid Stud Ankle Strap Flip Flop
A pool party often means you are going to be walking around a wet area. Instead of basic flip flops, take your style up a notch with these rubber Ipanema sandals. Yes, rubber. And no, it’s not just a good picture. At a glance, you don’t even notice they’re rubber. They don’t feel like it, either. These sandals are seriously comfortable. We love the bronze (shown) and rose gold, but you’ll see through the ‘shop it’ button, there is simply not a bad color. And since you can wear them with pants, dresses, and shorts alike, you may find yourself stocking up once you see the price.
http://www.shopbop.com/day-gweneth-tote-birger-mikkelsen/vp/v=1/1505981522.htm DAY BIRGER ET MEKKELSEN - Day Gweneth Tote
DAY BIRGER ET MEKKELSEN - Day Gweneth Tote
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DAY BIRGER ET MEKKELSEN - Day Gweneth Tote
Day Gweneth Tote
DAY BIRGER ET MEKKELSEN
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A lot of times, we'll bring a change of clothes to a pool party, not to mention all the other much-needed goodies like sunblock and a hat. This slim tote will do the trick and look cute while doing it. The poolside-friendly fabric will keep your mind at ease all day long, and it’s fully lined. It even has an interior zip pocket to put your phone away from any wet stuff you may throw in there. The leather details are faux, a perk for a bag like this, since it will stay looking good, even if it gets a bit wet. When you’re not at the pool, this makes a great weekend tote for any activity.
http://www.shopbop.com/harvest-sunglasses-karen-walker/vp/v=1/1598136000.htm Karen Walker - Harvest Sunglasses
Karen Walker - Harvest Sunglasses
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Karen Walker - Harvest Sunglasses
Harvest Sunglasses
Karen Walker
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When you head out the door for a day of poolside fun, don’t forget your sunglasses. Karen Walker sunnies have become a trend, providing chic style and quality. The open bridge and trendy rounded shape have a fun, mod feel. And the oversized frame will help keep the sun out of your eyes and off your face all day long.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/chetta-b-belted-knit-lace-fit-flare-dress/4006761 Chetta B - Belted Knit Lace Fit & Flare Dress
Chetta B - Belted Knit Lace Fit & Flare Dress
Backyard Graduation Party Picks. The simply timeless silhouette of this ivory dress becomes a little more special - while still casual - with the addition of the lace knit overlay that is perfect for a laidback celebration. It comes with this wide neutral brown belt, to enhance the formfitted waist and flared skirt of the dress. We also like replacing the belt with this slimmer belt that is woven with multiple colors for a little pop of color. It’s just as versatile with its medium brown trim, but also brings in color to either build on with your shoes and jewelry or enjoy as a statement on its own. Since the body of this modern fitting dress has a trim shape, the slimmer width will also elongate the torso.
https://www.madewell.com/madewell_category/DRESSES/midimaxidresses/PRDOVR~C0939/C0939.jsp Madewell - Linen Maxi Shirtdress
Madewell - Linen Maxi Shirtdress
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Madewell - Linen Maxi Shirtdress
Linen Maxi Shirtdress
Madewell
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Shirtdresses are always a favorite, and this season they have taken a stylish turn, incorporating current trends like this Madewell version that’s done in a linen chambray and midi-length (which looks just as good as a maxi length for the petite ladies). Madewell’s easy contemporary fit in XXS-XL, works on all figures. If you are tall and slim, you can wear it unbelted for an elegantly breezy look. For those of us with more curve, use the sash or incorporate a belt in your favorite color – the beauty of the indigo color is that is neutral, just like your favorite jeans. Black, brown, metallic or a pop of color like this rusted red, will create different looks that can be accentuated with flat sandals or heels. Bold bracelets or a chunky necklace will build a stylish look, as will an accent of a patterned scarf. With so many options, you can’t go wrong.
http://www.shopbop.com/pravo-dress-bailey44/vp/v=1/1532797329.htm Bailey 44 - Pravo Dress
Bailey 44 - Pravo Dress
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Bailey 44 - Pravo Dress
Pravo Dress
Bailey 44
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The green accent stripe of this contemporary fitting Bailey 44 dress adds a modern dimension to the demurely fashionable fit-and-flare shape that is appropriate for a party that will probably have a wide age range of attendees. It is lined too, so the dress nicely skims the body. The varied widths of the stripe are cleverly designed with 2 thick black stripes accenting the waist and slimming the hips and the green stripe accentuating the chest. If Mother Nature and the gym didn’t give you the measurements you dream of, this dress will help tell the story you want. Simple black flat sandals will keep it casual, but heels certainly look great, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sanctuary-print-culottes/4021189 Sanctuary - Print Culottes
Sanctuary - Print Culottes
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Sanctuary - Print Culottes
Print Culottes
Sanctuary
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This summer’s new (or old, depending if you lived through it the first time) “it” pants, culottes, are a nice alternative to a dress and wonderful option for a casual get together. Sanctuary’s tribal print and fluid fabric give them a less structured skirt-like vibe, but with all the comfort of your favorite sweatpants. The elastic waist has a flat front so they can easily be worn with a top tucked in – and something untucked and flowy will look good too, especially if you’re tall. Black or white tops are an easy choice, but you can add any solid color to these pants, too. While heels look great as shown, we love these stylish flatform sandals in black with a touch of white – the different patterns work together perfectly.
 

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